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Apple wants the iPhone to replace your passport

Since the advent of iOS apps, people have questioned whether there’s anything an iPhone can’t do.

Apple is looking to tick one more thing off that shrinking list by turning your iPhone into a digital passport.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services, has revealed that the company is considering adopting the global identification system into future iterations of the iPhone, during an interview with TechRadar.

“The interesting point was the company’s ultimate goal: to even replace your driving license and passport in the future,” reads the report.

It continued: “Cue admitted that this was going to be a long term goal, with various governmental hurdles to get through first but it’s clear Apple wants to be a solution to having to carry documents with you.”

Unfortunately, Cue failed to explain exactly how Apple would integrate passports into the iPhone, and didn’t really give a timeframe either.

Related: Android Pay vs Apple Pay

It’s all purportedly following on from the thinking behind Apple Pay, whereby your smartphone replaces a commonly used item like a debit card, or cash.

The report continues: “The Apple exec showed us his current wallet: a money clip with cash and a few cards in there. He said Apple’s goal was to do away with as much of that as possible, to make it so you’ll never need to carry cash or credit, debit and loyalty cards again.”

Apple Pay is due to launch here in the United Kingdom next month, marking the first time the payment system has been available outside of the USA.

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